Dennis Tarro Executive Managing Director
Dennis Tarro leads the company’s investment origination, office, and leasing efforts. In addition, he is involved in project finance solutions. He has over 30 years of experience in the real estate industry nationally. He received an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland, a M.S. in Real Estate Development from Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. from Georgetown University. Dennis joined the company in 1997.
Phillip Benjamin Chief Portfolio Officer
Phillip Benjamin, based in the New York office, is responsible for portfolio and asset management activities of the Company’s principal positions. In this capacity, he is involved in investment underwriting, reporting, capital markets activities, and realization recommendations. He has over 30 years of experience in the real estate industry, with a focus on financing and asset management. He received a B.S. (cum laude) from the University of Buffalo. Phillip joined the company in 2000.
Patrick Higgins Executive Vice President
Patrick Higgins, based in the New York office, is responsible for investment origination and execution. He has over 15 years of experience in the real estate industry, including financings, acquisitions, structured finance, and ground-up development across property types. He received a graduate certificate from the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate and a Bachelor of Accountancy from The George Washington University. Patrick joined the company in 2014.
David Joiner Executive Vice President
David Joiner serves as a senior development executive. In this capacity, he leads teams managing development of complex projects nationally. His expertise includes strategic cost and timing analysis, oversight of sensitive and critical construction issues, and coordination of highly specialized teams involved with corporate office build-to-suits. David has over 30 years of experience in the industry. He received a B.S. in Construction Science from Texas A&M University. David joined the company in 2004.
Erik Harrison Executive Vice President
Erik Harrison, based in the Washington, D.C. metro area, is involved in every aspect of the company’s multifamily development projects, including responsibility for budgeting, scheduling, governmental permits, and approvals. He also provides oversight of architecture, engineering, and construction teams. He has considerable expertise in moving developments through the pre-development process. Erik has 25 years of experience of industry experience. He received an M.B.A. from University of Maryland and a B.S.B.A. in Finance from The American University, Washington, D.C. Erik joined the company in 1996.
David Haltom Vice President
David is responsible for all development in the company’s Rocky Mountain region from origination through execution. He has over 13 years of U.S. and international experience in development and design for multifamily, office, industrial, and hotel/condo. David received a B.A. from Yale University and a Master of Architecture from Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. He joined the company in 2018.
Ric Guenther Senior Vice President
Ric Guenther leads design, development, and project management activities for the company’s multifamily investments, and is involved in its mixed-use projects. He focuses on early stages of projects as his experience includes zoning analysis, conceptual design, and due diligence. Ric has 35 years of industry experience. He received a Master of Architecture from Rice University and a B.S. Architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington. He is a Registered Architect in the State of Texas. Ric joined the company in 2011.
Carolyn Drushel Executive Managing Director
Carolyn Drushel is responsible for internal and external corporate communications, media relationships, advertising and marketing services for Patrinely Group. She directs and coordinates marketing for every Patrinely project and acts as liaison between the various creative groups and the firm’s clients and principals. Carolyn received an M.B.A. and B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Houston. She is a Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM). Carolyn joined a predecessor to the company in 1984.
Rich Bard Senior Vice President
Rich Bard has 40 years of experience and provides project budgeting, scheduling, design and construction management for the firm’s large scale projects. His project experience includes large Class A office, medical office buildings, luxury residential and hotel experience. Rich received a B.S. in Business from Eastern Illinois University. Rich joined the company in 1991.
Steve Byers Executive Vice President
Steve Byers has over 25 years of experience in property management operations, specializing in large scale, high performance facilities. Steve received a B.S. from Texas A&M University and is a BOMA Real Property Administrator. He joined the company in 2012.
Lauren Kelch Vice President, Property Management
Lauren Kelch supervises all property management operations for the company, with an emphasis on ensuring optimal service delivery to its clients and tenants. Lauren has over 12 years of experience in both property and project management in the Houston market, and has directly managed all phases of a building life cycle. Lauren received her B.S. from University of Houston. She joined the company in 2019.
Elizabeth Fancher Vice President/Controller
Elizabeth Fancher has 25 years of experience in accounting with the majority in the real estate industry. She is responsible for the accounting and reporting functions and managing accounting staff of several operating properties and development projects. Elizabeth received a B.B.A. and B.A. Plan II from the University of Texas. She is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas. Elizabeth joined the company in 2016.
Paul Howard Senior Vice President
Paul Howard is responsible for overseeing the firm’s engineering departments. He specializes in energy management, MEP and life safety systems and plays an integral role in achieving ENERGY STAR and LEED-EB certification for properties under his charge. He is a LEED Accredited Professional O+M. Paul joined the company in 1992.
James Madget Senior Vice President
James Madget brings to the company more than 40 years of experience and leads the firm’s mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, and control system innovation initiatives and helps optimize the design and implementation of enhanced sustainability and energy conservation measures for all Patrinely Group projects. James received a B.S. Mechanical Engineering from the University of Houston. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in 12 states. James joined the company in 2016.
Scott Small Vice President
Scott Small is experienced in project and construction management and property management of commercial office and multifamily projects, as well as extensive experience with building engineering operations. Scott received a Bachelor of Business Management from the University of Phoenix, Denver. He is a BOMA Real Property Administrator and Systems Maintenance Administrator, and is a LEED Accredited Professional. Scott joined the company in 1993.
Rich Weber Vice President
Rich Weber is a senior development manager and brings more than 20 years of experience in the area of development, management, design, construction and leadership in class A commercial office, mixed-use and retail markets. He received a Bachelor of Architecture from Kansas State University. He has been with the company since 2012.